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Geography and Environmental Science


Our research is helping to address some of today’s major global challenges, including climate change, social and health inequalities, sustainable development; conservation of biodiversity; poverty and recession.

In the UK and across the world, we're making positive a difference to millions of lives, using cutting-edge approaches and technology to understand the earth’s surface processes and our relationship with them.


Understanding population movement

How can mobile phones help tackle global challenges like the spread of disease or getting aid to the victims of natural disasters?


Our research groups

Student and staff research is organised into research groups: Earth Surface Dynamics (ESD); Centre for Environmental SciencesEconomy, Society and Governance; GeoData (which conducts applied environmental research); Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation (GECEO); Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS); Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW).

Our research community is committed to excellence, and we are continuing to enhance our position as one of the UK’s top centres for geography and environmental sciences research in the UK, in terms of the quality of our research, the income we attract and the impact of our projects on global and local economies. Learn more about our research strategy in our 'Excellence with impact' report.

Our academic team

Meet our team

Find out more about our lively and diverse research-active academic team

Staff bios

Research rankings

Geography and Environmental Science is ranked 14th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

The quality of our research places Geography at Southampton 11th in the UK(REF 2014). We are top 5 in the UK for our research outputs (REF 2014) and we achieved 100% for our research environment.

For a taster of past projects our Making a Global Impact brochure showcases some of our research highlights and you can learn more about our impact here.

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